New Feeds Developed to ‘Max’ on Grass But Not on Cost

UK - Using a new range of highly balanced blends of co-products and reviewing rations can take the sting out of rising feed prices and also help producers gain more from milk.
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“There are options well worth considering,” says James and Son national nutritionist Sion Richards. “They have been developed to meet the nutritional requirements of the cow yet can reduce feed costs by around 30%.”

According to Stackyard, three blends are included in James and Son’s new Graze Max range to suit feeding preferences and systems and they are particularly suited to feeding cows during the grazing season.

“Grass is the cheapest feed available to producers and it is particularly good value if maximum use is made of its feed value,” adds Dr Richards. “These new blends complement grazed grass and are designed to improve intake. They are relatively low in protein to balance high proteins in grass but have high starch contents to promote rumen bacteria activity. This encourages the bacteria to capture more protein and sugar from grass so increasing grazing efficiency, yet still providing plenty of fibre to help maintain butterfat at grass.

The three blends are a moist, dry and nutty mix and all include Loch Lomond Gold, a concentrate liquid from the distiller at Loch Lomond. This is a liquid that is high in starch, energy and protein so a valuable feed and made easy to feed in a blend. More is included in the moist blend - making it an ideal addition to a TMR.

Source: Stackyard

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